One of the things that my wife and I are passionate about in our shared pursuit of living life from a whole heart, is living life from a whole heart together.
We’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, but one thing we’ve learned is that God always takes what is broken and makes things, lives, people, couples–beautiful.
I came across this song by Casting Crowns from their new album, Thrive, and if you are like us and have experienced tough times in your marriage, then I think this song will bless you as it did us.
If you find yourself struggling, know that there is hope. Marriage was created by God, and since He is the one who made it, He is also the one who can also renovate it, remake it, restore it, and renew it.
Most of us know the verse in the Bible that says, “I hate divorce” from Malachi 2:16. If you are like me, I shutter at those three words. For God to say “I hate” to anything is very strong language. But think about what is also implicit in those same three words. If God hates divorce, then that means that God loves marriage. Did you hear that? He loves marriage! The entire redemptive, transformative, life-changing love of God is behind you, is behind you both.
God hates divorce. But He loves the thought of you two being together. He loves you. He loves marriage.
“Marriage is tough,” frontman MarkHall says. “We bring a lot of fairytales to the picture when it comes to marriage. We bring them to the altar with us [thinking]: ‘This is going to be perfect. We don’t have to be apart. We can just wake up together every morning and no one is going to have morning breath. We’re not going to have any problems.’ And then the problems hit and you don’t know where to file those into your picture…. The idea I’m trying to say is: ‘Can you lay down who you thought I was and love the me that is? Can we take this from where we are now and realize that I can’t be that person?’ Only God is going to be able to make this work and broken people can be broken together. To me, it’s probably the most important song on the record.